The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets

@article{Bilmes2013TheFL,
  title={The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets},
  author={Linda J. Bilmes},
  journal={Political Economy: Budget},
  year={2013}
}
  • Linda J. Bilmes
  • Published 2013
  • Political Science
  • Political Economy: Budget
  • The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, taken together, will be the most expensive wars in US history--totaling somewhere between $4 to $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The largest portion of that bill is yet to be paid. Since 2001, the US has expanded the quality, quantity, availability and eligibility of benefits for military personnel and veterans. This… CONTINUE READING
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